fi·​na·​le | \ fə-ˈna-lē How to pronounce finale (audio) , fi-ˈnä- How to pronounce finale (audio) \

Definition of finale

: the close or termination of something: such as
a : the last section of an instrumental musical composition the symphony's finale
b : the closing part, scene, or number in a public performance the finale of the ballet In the finale, the singer sang an Italian classic.
c : the last and often climactic event or item in a sequence the TV show's season finale

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Examples of finale in a Sentence

She sung a very difficult song for the finale. the finale to the festivities was a grand display of fireworks

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The Chernobyl finale is also a marvel of episodic structure As mentioned above, Chernobyl’s first episode begins with the explosion, which is seen not up close but through a kitchen window in the nearby town of Pripyat. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Chernobyl’s stellar finale makes a case for the show as science fiction," 9 June 2019 That's why Tuesday night's season 19 finale was so hard to watch. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "The 'Little People, Big World' Finale Was Incredibly Sad for Anyone Who Has Ever Seen the Show," 5 June 2019 Tonight's series finale of Game of Thrones was surprising, to say the least. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Emilia Clarke Cried When She Read the Game of Thrones Series Finale Script," 20 May 2019 Thought that Cheryl hanging out with her dead brother's corpse in the finale was weird? Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "5 "Riverdale" Season 4 Theories That Will Keep You Up At Night," 16 May 2019 The finale is quite suspenseful, but people were sharing their understandable thirst for the Dark Lord on Twitter. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 10 Apr. 2019 Her co-star Jessica Chastian has been pressing her with theories in between press appearances, which Sophie could only shrug off before the finale aired. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Wore a Crop Top and Jeans on the Red Carpet but Made It Fashun," 22 May 2019 Emilia Clarke, who played the dragon-riding Mad Queen Daenerys, also addressed the controversial direction of the final season in an interview with The New Yorker published on Sunday evening, right after the finale aired. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Sophie Turner Calls Critical Game of Thrones Fan Petition “Disrespectful”," 21 May 2019 Still, though, the finale left us with a ton of questions, but none are more pressing than one: Is Jughead going to die in season 4?? Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Is Jughead Going to Die in "Riverdale" Season 4?," 16 May 2019

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First Known Use of finale

1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for finale

borrowed from Italian, noun derivative of finale, adjective, "last, final entry 1," going back to Latin fīnālis

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English Language Learners Definition of finale

: the last part of something (such as a musical performance, play, etc.)


fi·​na·​le | \ fə-ˈna-lē How to pronounce finale (audio) \

Kids Definition of finale

: the close or end of something (as a musical work)

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